Margie Orford is a journalist, film director and author of children’s fiction, non-fiction and school text books.
She was born in London and grew up in Namibia and South Africa, studying at UCT where she wrote her final exams in prison while detained during the State of Emergency. After travelling widely, she did an honours degree at UCT, then worked in publishing in the newly-independent Namibia, where she became involved in training through the African Publishers Network.
In 1999 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and while in New York, worked on an archival retrieval project, Women Writing in Africa: The Southern Volume. She made her crime debut with Like Clockwork, which became a bestseller and was followed by a sequel, Blood Rose. Both crime novels will be published in Germany. A recent non-fiction project is Fabulously 40 and Beyond : Women coming into their own; her latest is Fifteen Men.
Margie is the author of several children’s books, the first published by Heinemann in 1996. These are in English and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Xhosa and Afrikaans. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and three daughters.